With the first superbacteria resistant to all antibiotics arriving in America and the Zika virus looking like it may not be long behind I'm selfishly hoping it is a good moment to be pitching a book draft about the past and future of infectious diseases.
The book's tag line:
Seven centuries ago, and eight centuries before that, times of global trade and prosperity were followed by devastating plagues that killed many millions and reshaped history. Are we about due for another plague, one that would reverse our world-changing progress against the scourge of infection?
Only if we are incredibly stupid.
The Plague Cycle covers the story of infection from the first people through the rise of civilization to SARS and Zika, looking at how human progress gave rise to some of our biggest killers and then forged the tools to fight them. And it looks at the many ways we're misusing those tools -from vaccine denial through antibiotic waste.
I put a draft of the book online here for a couple of weeks mainly to see if I could attract the interest of a publisher. More soon on that (I hope!).